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December 12, 2012 12:21 pm

India Expresses Desire for Iron Dome System

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Israel's 5th Iron Dome battery. Photo: MOD.

India wants the Iron Dome defense system. Defense News reports that  India and Israel are cooperating on the development of weapons systems and that India’s main wish is to acquire the Iron Dome on a “buy and build” basis. This means India wants to acquire  it and obtain a license from Israel for its manufacture.

An Indian source told Defense News that Israel had agreed to sell the system to India, but was hesitant about selling the technology needed to manufacture it. The U.S., which helped fund the Iron Dome’s development, has not said publicly whether it backs the deal.

According to the Indo-Asian News Service India is the largest customer of Israeli military equipment and Israel is the second-largest military partner of India after Russian with trade hovering around $9 billion.

Globes reports that the list of future projects discussed during a meeting between Ministry of Defense director general Udi Shani and India’s Defense Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma last week in India included a plan to develop aircraft-launched micro-satellites, as well as plans to develop laser-guided missiles and munitions.

According to an Israeli defense source, other possible plans include specialized radar systems, such as an airborne system for Indian-made light combat planes, and a long-range system for tracking ballistic missiles. However it is uncertain whether any agreement was reached on these plans.

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  • Raymond in DC

    It would be one thing if India had contributed to the development, but Iron Dome is Israeli technology, and they have the right to fully exploit their competitive advantage. Israel buys a lot from India – and invests in India too. But at least at this stage, if India wants the system, they can buy it turn-key.

  • Gautham Das

    I was wishing for this almost twenty years ago. We not only need this but we need to modify it to make sure our air space, sea space, under sea space and even space space is free from threats. We also need this in the tens of thousands all around the peninsula. This will ensure concrete safety from wmd’s at least for the next fifty years.